It’s Cup final season, so in the spiritual sense every game is a cup final. This one is no different, aside from it being a little different from your classic cup final. What it is though, is a nice chance to size each other up before Wembley.
Hull City are one of the few struggling Premier League clubs, in recent memory, to reverse their fortunes in the January transfer market. Instead of the usual search around for Christopher Samba and then throw-a-blank-cheque-at-him, they decided to buy a pair of able Premier League strikers.
The transfer of Long was a bit of an odd one at the time, almost like altering the balance of a see-saw, WBA dropped – Hull City ascended and here they are now, in relative safety on 36 points. Which of course is two points behind the hallowed 38.
The Jelavic and Long partnership continues to thrive. Indeed it has impressed me greatly, though the question I continue to ask myself is can they really do it on a sunny day in Hull? – I’ve never asked myself that question; in fact I doubt anyone ever has, but whether a balance can be struck in the bigger games when playing two strikers, remains to be seen.
An on-going scuffle betwixt citizens and tigers continues to rumble in Hull – which makes it sound far more interesting than it really is. The reality is, the owner has recognised that Hull aren’t a particularly glamorous team and has decided the best way to right this, is to rename them Tigers (apparently something that will make them more popular in Asia). The logic is sound, as tigers are undoubtedly cool. But unfortunately for him, a section of the local fanbase hate tigers. The rest seem to feel that as long as Allam keeps spending the money, he can name the club whatever he bloody wants.
Hull Badgers?! – “But only if you sign Christopher Samba, Mister Allam.”
The team might look like this, but my line-up guessing skills have plummeted lately…
Sagna Mert Koz Gibbs
Rosicky Chamberlain Cazorla
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